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Surprising Beans
This title covers these subjects: Plants -- Growth., Beans., Vegetable gardening.
Surprising Beans
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Surprising Beans

Kayla is unhappy when her family must grow beans for their community farm. But soon Kayla finds out how much fun beans can be, as she watches them sprout from seeds to pods. Will Kayla’s taste for beans change?

GenreRealistic Fiction
Reading LevelGrades K-2
Interest LevelGrades K-2
Lexile Level510L
ATOS Level2.8
AR Points0.5
AR Quiz #116660
PublisherPicture Window Books
Page Count32
Capstone Interactive eBook
List Price: $53.32 School/Library Price



Science Books & Films - Connie S. Bozarth

"These four books are part of the Read-it! Reader Science series of books and are designed to encourage the cultivation of problem-solving skills in midlevel elementary-school-age readers. All four books are written around some aspect of plant cultivation, which is integral to solving a problem in each book. For instance in The Grass Patch Project, a new student in class proposes to beautify the school grounds by planting a patch of grass for an Earth Day project, and in Friends and Flowers, a young girl who has just moved to town is told that she will have a new friend by the time a tulip, which she planted, has flowered. The text surrounding these issues then focuses on aspects of cultivation of the featured plant. The scientific content of the books is good for this level of reader. Although most of each book is written as dialogue, there are sidebars describing in more detail, for example, just what compost is. Each book contains a short glossary at the end, as well as an activity related to the book. Taken together, the four books show a nice cross section of urban and rural society, with different ages, sexes, and ethnicities represented. I recommend this series highly, particularily in an elementary setting in which environmental or gardening activities are part of the curriculum." - Science Books & Films

January 1, 2008


Science Books & Films

Selected by Science Books & Films as a "Best Books for Children 2008" title

January 1, 2009

Molly Blaisdell

Molly Blaisdell

Molly Blaisdell has an insatiable curiosity that leads to lots of questions. Her favorite one is "Why"? Honestly, she feels the best children’s books are really for everyone. She loves to spin out stories and is the author of 29 children’s books, with nine Picture Window Books titles. Molly inspires writers with her weekly blog, Seize the Day. She likes to laugh out loud until she has to take something for the headache. She enjoys yoga, art, reading books and fruit smoothies. Molly grew up in Texas, is the mom of four wonderful children, and currently lives in the wilds of Woodinville, Washington, with her husband, Tim.

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